strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
Ivardo (78) - NORWAY - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Converting" from old excel scoresheet. So there is no comments on this beer.
MarkoNm (1476) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy pale yellow color, topped with a decent frothy white head. Standard wheaty aroma with bananas and spices. Taste is wheaty and mildly sweet, citric soury feel in the finish. Perfectly decent and easily drinkable.
colui72 (254) - HONG KONG - JUL 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I used to like it before I knew better beers. Tried it again on tap yesterday and I found it quite disappointing. Creamy white head on a pale hazy golden body, aroma of citrus and spices but taste doesn’t add much: malty and quite sour. Felt it heavy in the stomach.
Pecob (2) - - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of the best wheat beers. They feel the difference in quality, since fermented directly in the bottle
Roger60 (118) - - JUL 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
SB Oskarshamn, flaska. Aromen överraskande frisk. Färsk från Tyskland. En mkt positiv uberraschung.
lokitje (94) - - JUL 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
some malt in aroma bit trouble yellow to orange medium bodied faint banana some citrus and malts
jspencer78 (10) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Once upon a time, this was my favorite beer just to keep around to drink and compared to the what we could get not all that long ago, it isn’t bad but as my opportunities to try more complex beers has grown so has my recognition that this is very pedestrian. Traditional Hefe Weizen in appearance and aroma with a good long lasting creamy head. Refreshing but not much to it.
RhetoricalAns (585) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL bottle. Cloudy yellow pour, tall fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus, cloves other spices. Taste is a bit more bland, slightly sweet, honey.
szeli (62) - GERMANY - JUL 19, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Das Pils unter den Weizenbieren.Weder sattes Weizenaroma, noch viel Hefe. Banane und Nelke fehlt nahezu vollkommen. Bei einem Blindtest wäre ich wirklich nicht darauf gekommen, dass es sich um ein Hefeweizen handelt.Furchtbar enttäuschend.
DraftDodger (462) - - JUL 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copenhagen 18/7 2015. 50 cl can from Rema 1000. Pours slightly hazy yellow with big white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving only thin layer of foam. Aroma is sweet peach and lemonade. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Clear notes of wheat - but not very aggressive. A little sourness mixes in in the aftertaste. Fine summer beer. Fresh and not too complicated.